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CITIES IN THE 21st CENTURY: A Primer

Book Review

John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • Cities: A Guide

    Book Review

    John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • The Hurt Locker

    Review

    Eric Randolph reviews Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and notes a shift in film-making sensibilities from the war-as-heroics paradigm of earlier Hollywood, towards the everyman's war-as-hell model that has now lodged itself in Western cultural consciousness.

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  • Architecture & Biopolitics

    Interview

    Berlin-based writer Daniel Miller's October 2008 interview with Swedish philosopher and SITE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Sven-Olov Wallenstein, on his new book Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).

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  • Wired For War

    Symposium

    The second symposium in CTlab's 2009 series, focused on Peter Singer's new book, Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin Press: 2009), ran from 30 March to 2 April. Singer and half a dozen scholars from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Austria debated the use and ethics of robots in war.

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  • DEFCON 17

    Current Intelligence

    Tim Stevens reports back from the DEFCON 17 conference in Las Vegas: are hackers thinking meat isn't just meat anymore?

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Tuesday
28Jul2009

An Open Challenge to NATO

One of the more interesting online think tank initiatives, the Atlantic Community, got in touch with us a few days ago and kindly extended an invitation to help promote a new media initiative and participate in an extended discussion of the organization. The message was accompanied by a disclaimer that the email "is part of a service project conducted in cooperation with NATO" - I guess the Public Diplomacy Division at NATO Headquarters in Brussels is ramping up its social media engagement via partners like this one.

The message: 

Dear CTlab,

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has released three online video spots designed to make the Alliance’s core values interesting for young people.

You can find the videos, and other relevant information here:

http://www.60yearsnato.info/#/home

We would like you to join our debate on whether NATO is successful in its mission amongst changing global security priorities, and would be delighted if you could feature one of the videos on your blog together with your thoughts, ideas, or criticisms about it, to help spark discussion. 

You can also follow the debate taking place on Atlantic-Community.org:

http://www.atlantic-community.org/index/articles/view/Is_Freedom_for_Free%3F_Join_the_Debate%21

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

With best regards,

The Atlantic Community Team

Happy to oblige, but we'll do one better. Here's a challenge, direct to NATO PDD via The Atlantic Community: we'll host a virtual symposium right here at CTlab, on a subject of PDD's choice - like, say, the new Strategic Concept. We'll ensure a healthy cohort of subject matter experts and scholars from around the world. All PDD has to do is provide one representative - preferably a public face of NATO like this one - to participate. 

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